60 Second Paint by Number Instructions

Create PROFESSIONAL quality paintings in 4 EASY steps

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1. Unpack your Adult DIY my paint by numbers kit:

2. Lay out your the canvas, paints, brushes and instructions. Fill up a small cup of water and get ready!

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3. Paint in the numbered area with the corresponding paint

4. Enjoy, hang, and/or show off your work of Art!

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19 Problem Solving Paint by Numbers Tips

19 Paint by Numbers Tips you just can not afford to ignore before you start your first Paint by Number Canvas. These tips will definitely save you from throwing your kit in the bin because you did not know how to do it the correct way.

  • Buy a Kit with Frame
  • Keep the work area clean
  • Start from the Top
  • Start from the Background
  • Close the paint pot lid after using
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
  • Use water for better flow
  • Take breaks – Enjoy Art
  • Use nail polish to clean your brushes.
  • Don’t use up all the paint before the painting is completed.
  • Use a wet piece of cloth
  • Buy a professional set of brushes
  • Give a realistic look to your painting (Use blurring)
  • Use clear gesso
  • Take a Photo of Your Canvas before you Start Painting
  • Use White pencil to to hide numbers/lines
  • Iron your canvas to get rid of wrinkles
  • Use flow-improver

Paint by numbers is on the list of 100 best hobbies of the century. It’s a creative way to spend your free time and have fun. You can paint for fun and relaxation, but also to enjoy the pleasures of painting regardless of your age or level of expertise. It is the perfect first step for beginners to learn the art. You only need to fill the numbered spaces on canvas with the respective color. All Paint by numbers has hundreds of ready to painting kits you can choose from.

Paint by Numbers Kit

Beginner Paint by Number Tips

  1. Buy a Kit with Frame

It is better to work on a framed canvas so that the canvas stays tight while you work, and you are not likely to create creases on it. Most of our kits have a frame option. If you buy our standard size 40X50 cm painting and there is no frame option

Framed Canvas for Paint by Numbers

  1. Keep the Work area Clean

It’s useful to cover the area where you plan to work with old newspapers to keep it clean. The colors are not very liquid and the risk of dirtying up the place is not that high. Yet, having a clean and tidy location will help you focus on your work and avoid being distracted by splashes and stains.

Paint by Numbers Painting Tips

  1. Start from the Top

Start from the top of your painting canvas and continue downwards to avoid any smudging. If you are left-handed, it’s better to start from the top right corner, while if you are right-handed start from the top left one. In this way, the risk of smudging will be minimal.

  1. Start from the Background

Paint one color at a time, preferring darker colors. These are usually part of the background and will help you create an outline which will give you the general idea of the picture you are about to paint. As soon as you finish with the background, continue with the smaller areas.

DIY Paint by Numbers

  1. Keep the Brushes Clean

Clean the brushes every time you switch from one color to another of your paint by numbers canvas. The paint dries very quickly and will ruin your brush if you do not wash it immediately. You can prepare a bottle of water and a brush-cleaning bowl. Wet towel is also very helpful for cleaning brushes. Choose one from 1500+ unique designs

DIY Painting Kit

  1. Pay attention to the Paint

Be sure to close the paint lid when you are not using it, as it may dry out quickly. If the paint dries, you can try adding water to restore its creamy texture.

Paint by Numbers Paint & Brushes

  1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

If you fill in a number with the wrong color, you don’t have to worry. you can wait for the paint to dry and cover the surface with the correct color. If you still see the wrong color below, try covering it with another layer of the correct one.

  1. Do not Overdo

You do not need to use a lot of color for each section of your canvas. Don’t take a huge amount of color as the canvas may not absorb well the excess color and this may cause smudging.

  1. Take a Break

If you are new, just know that you don’t have to complete it in one go. Do it in parts and you will enjoy more every time. Don’t be hurried, whenever you feel like it’s taking a lot of time; tell yourself that it took Leonardo Da Vinci, 7 years to complete Mona Lisa.


Tip # 1: Clogged Brushes

The paint comes in the kit of paint by numbers are acrylic paints. This thick paint usually gets stuck in the brush once they are dried and does not come out easily. That eats up your plenty of time to remove it. Grab nail Polish thinner and dip your brush in it just for few seconds. The clotty color will leave hairs of the brush quickly without any hassle.

DIY Painting Tips

Tip # 2: Don’t hesitate to use water

I would suggest you not to use the color directly on the canvas. AS I have told you this paint is thicker, it is better to add a few drops of water in it before applying to make its consistency according to your need.

Paint by Numbers Paints

Tip # 3: Wet piece of Cloth

Let me tell you a secret here. Your brushes require to be cleaned frequently while painting, use a wet piece of cloth instead of paper towel. Paper towel wear off quickly as compare to wet piece of cloth. It will help you to remove the residuals of the paint from the brush quickly and effectively.

Paint by Numbers Brushes Cleaning

Tip # 4: Be comfortable with the brushes

Sometimes it requires little effort to work with new brushes, although the brushes’ comes in the kit works well. But I would suggest; if you have your own familiar brushes then use them instead because the control and comfort it gives you. If you are a painter, then you must know what I am talking about when it comes to using new brushes.

Paint by Numbers Brush Kit

Tip # 5: Art of blurring

If you like to give the background or the corners of the picture a blurry look, then the best way to do is to stroke the painted color over the other near color on the canvas with the help of a clean and dry brush, or you can use your finger as well.

Insider tip: Use a Retarder if you want to slow the drying time of your paints for better blurring.

Tip # 6: Purpose of three brushes

There are three different sizes of brushes you will find in the kit. Each one has a different job to do. The big, medium and small brush are used for softness, sharpness, and crispness, respectively and for large and small areas. However, you can use them as per your need, but keep in mind not to paint all the parts with the single brush.

Paint by Numbers Detailing Brushes

Tip # 7: Use of translucent

If you are a beginner, you might have some difficulty painting on the canvas, though the canvas . However, to avoid any inconvenience, apply gesso translucent on the surface of the canvas. It will give slightly textured and ready-to-adopt paint touch to the canvas. Further, it will give a look of a matte finish as well.

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How to Choose the Best Custom Paint by Number Image

The Top 4 Secrets to Making the BEST Custom Paint by Number Kit


1. Pick the Right Size Canvas for Your Image Dimensions (Aspect Ratio)

Choosing the right size canvas can be tricky and can require a little bit of math, but have no fear—we manually check each image to make sure that the dimensions of your image are suited for the canvas size selected! We are Photoshop experts and will always ensure that your image is optimized to maximize the surface area of the canvas.

Aspect Ratio

What is aspect ratio and how can you choose the right size canvas for your image?

Aspect ratio is the ratio between the width and height of your image, you can calculate it by dividing the width of your picture by the height. Ideally you want the image you send to have the same or a similar aspect ratio as the canvas you select for your kit. If the two are very off, we have to add white space, crop the image, or choose a size canvas that better matches your image. We will always maximize the surface area and working space of your custom kit so that your image takes up as much room as possible!

How do I find and change the aspect ratio of an image?

Open the image with the photos application (usually the default in windows PC’s)

Go to “Edit & Create” and select “Edit” from the dropdown


Custom Paint by Number Aspect Ratio Selection

Once you edit it, you can crop the image to one of the most popular aspect ratios.

Custom Paint by Number Aspect Ratio Selection


The following aspect ratios from our custom paint by number kit drop down will work perfectly with the corresponding kit sizes:

4:3 Aspect Ratio (the standard ratio for most iPhone and Samsung devices):

  • 30x40cm
  • 45x60cm
  • 60x80cm

10:8 Aspect Ratio:

  • 40x50cm
  • 60x75cm
  • 80x100cm

Square Aspect Ratio:

  • 40x40cm
  • 50x50cm
  • 60x60cm
  • 70x70cm

3:2 Aspect Ratio:

  • 40x60cm
  • 50x75cm
  • 60x90cm
  • 80x120cm

7:5 Aspect Ratio:

  • 50x70cm


We keep our dimensions in centimeters because it uses more whole numbers and makes the calculation quite a bit easier.

How can you make your custom kit landscape or portrait?

Some of our customers ask us how to choose whether the image is landscape or portrait (or as my 1st grade teacher would say, hamburger or hot dog style). It doesn’t matter if you choose a 30×40 or a 40×30, we will make it is landscape or portrait based on the image!


2. Choose a Large & High-Resolution Image of at least 500 pixels

Your custom paint by number can only come out as good as the image you put in. As our MPBN accountants say, “Garbage in, Garbage Out.”

What is a pixel? A pixel is a small dot on your screen that is roughly 1/96th of an inch (or .26mm). That’s REALLY tiny! A paint by number kit of 40x50cm (16”x20”) is about 1500×2000 pixels. That means that any image that does not have enough pixels needs to be blown up, so each pixel is larger than it was intended. This process causes details of that image to be lost. When there are not enough pixels, we need to zoom-in on the image, which makes each pixel bigger. If the image sent in is too small and we have to zoom in a lot, the image will not blend well, and you may be able to see each pixel as a square and the image may be considered “pixelated”. You can see how large the pixels in your image might be if you zoom in on the image to fill up your entire screen. Consider the example of a high-resolution vs a low-resolution image below!


How can you check for the pixels on your image?


  1. Find the file on your computer
  2. Right click on the image and select “Properties”
    How to Check Pixels using a windows computer part 1
  3. Click on the “Details” tab
  4. Check the image width and height in pixels to make sure each dimension is greater than 500 pixels to prevent any pixilation.
    How to Check Pixels using a windows computer part 2


  1. Right click on the file in “Finder”
  2. Click “Get Info”
  3. Under “More Info” you can find the dimensions (pixels) of the image
  4. Check for the image width and height in pixels to make sure each dimension is greater than 500 pixels to prevent any pixilation.

How to Check Pixels using a mac

3. Be Mindful of How the Paint Works with the Colors and Shading in your Original Photo

High contrast and vibrant color are the deciding factors between a good and great paint by number kit. Read more to see how to make the right choices for your kit.

What is contrast?

Contrast is the difference between elements of an image. An image or photograph can have several types of contrast, including color contrast and tonal contrast. Color contrast is usually the most important to focus on for paint by number kits—if your kit is mostly one color, it doesn’t turn out as well. The best images kits are made with images that have a different background color than the subject matter, providing a significant amount of contrast in the image.

There are many types of color schemes from which to choose, but choosing colors with an aesthetically pleasing relationship with other colors in the image typically produces the best result. You can read more about color theory and choosing the best color relationships at Wikipedia. We recommend checking out this article on Color Theory

The Optical Illusion of “White”

White can be a very tricky and often misleading color for our human eyes. It is easiest to think of this as an optical illusion or a trick that the image plays on us. Take for instance the photo below, and the belly of this very cute dolphin. What looks to our eyes as a slightly off white, is actually a very strong shade of blue that our software will pick up as such! This picture also lacks a lot of color contrast, so it would not make for the very best paint by number kit.

Dolphin white pixel illusion example

Dolphin white pixel illusion example


4. Make sure the subject matter of your image takes up most of the space!

We highly recommend cropping out as much background as possible when creating a custom kit. The subject matter (say your family, loved one, fur baby, pet, etc.) should be the main focus of your image, and take up at least 70% of the image for the details to be prominent!

Subject Matter should take up 70% of image

Ready to paint your next sentimental masterpiece? You don’t need to worry about mastering everything in the above guide if you order with My Paint by Numbers! We go through each image with our experts to optimize your image before producing your custom kit.